First Warning Weather with Kristen Currie
Hurricane Idalia will make landfall along the coast of the Big Bend in Florida this morning.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — After weeks of delaying a vote, Austin Independent School District board trustees voted on Tuesday 8-1 to approve a plan for the Texas Education Agency to bring in a state-appointed official to monitor and report back to the agency the way the district handles special education services.
Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation is urging the federal government to take “corrective action” against the state Health and Human Services Commission, citing delays in processing food assistance applications that whistleblowers say have denied food assistance to thousands. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/struggling-to-eat-thousands-of-texans-wait-months-for-snap-benefits/
Neighbors living near the site of a planned rock crushing plant in east Austin said they’re worried about the impact on their air quality at a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public meeting Tuesday. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/neighbors-living-near-planned-rock-crushing-plant-voice-concerns-at-tceq-meeting/
Travis County commissioners approved Tuesday submitting a new letter to the Texas Department of Transportation outlining requests and concerns with the Interstate 35 Capital Express Central project. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county/travis-county-call-for-better-transparency-briefing-on-i-35-expansion-project/
Travis County commissioners approved Central Health’s new $744 million budget Tuesday. The vote comes after back and forth between commissioners and the hospital district’s board of directors. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county/travis-county-commissioners-ok-744m-budget-for-central-health-after-changes/
Attorney General Ken Paxton cannot receive back-pay for the months he was suspended from office after the Texas House impeached him, the state’s top accountant said in a letter Tuesday. Read more https://www.kxan.com/news/texas-politics/texas-comptroller-attorney-general-ken-paxton-cannot-receive-pay-back-from-suspension-time/
A federal judge issued a permanent injunction Tuesday against a Texas law that would restrict and even criminalize drag performances, handing a legal victory to a local drag performer who joined four other plaintiffs in suing state leaders to block the law from taking effect.
Mental health and the growing need for mental health services have become a frequent topic of discussion. Now, in Pflugerville, there's a new Family Care Center that will offer services to everyone. However, it has a special focus on veterans and the military community at its core. 20 percent of staff and providers are either veterans, or have a military connection.
On Tuesday, Travis County commissioners voted to continue a partnership with United Way for Greater Austin to expand childcare access in the county for two years.
READ MORE: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county/1-37m-to-help-with-childcare-costs-in-travis-county/